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What is POP, or Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse or POP, is a painful, debilitating condition that typically affects women who have experienced childbirth, hysterectomy, or menopause. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a woman’s pelvic floor weakens and in essence, collapses. When this occurs, organs supported by the pelvic floor start to shift and may even descend into the vaginal wall.

Pelvic organ prolapse is extremely painful and, unfortunately, the very methods used to correct the problem can further agitate symptoms.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse may be cause and effect of Vaginal Mesh complications

To treat pelvic organ prolapse, physicians have historically recommended transvaginal mesh implants for their patients.
Transvaginal mesh is a synthetic material that resembles a tightly woven net. It is surgically placed into the vagina to help support the bladder, vaginal wall and other organs that are compromised s a result of pelvic organ prolapse.

Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh can aggravate the very problem it was designed to correct. The mesh can erode in the vagina causing vaginal shrinkage and scaring. Vaginal mesh complications include relapse of  the woman’s initial ordeal of pelvic organ prolapse.

FDA warns severity, likelihood of transvaginal mesh complications

In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledged vaginal mesh complications by issuing a safety announcement warning consumers of the dangers associated with vaginal mesh surgery.  At that time over 1000 complaints had been reported to the agency by women whose suffering from conditions like pelvic organ prolapse had only become worse after having a vaginal mesh device implanted.

In 2011, the FDA issued a revised warning stating that vaginal mesh complications could not be considered rare. The agency also suggested that vaginal mesh may be no more effective at repairing pelvic organ prolapse than other surgical options.
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